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Sappho 3

. . .
xx[δῶρα με] δώσην

οὐ τεα]ύτων μέντ’ ἐπ[ιδεύομαί τι
ἢ κ]άλων κἄσλων· σ[ὺ δ’ ἔπεσσιν αἴτης
οὐ κά]λοις, λύπης τε μ[άταιον ἴεισ’
xxεἰς ἔ]μ’ ὄνειδος.

αἰ γὰρ] οἰδήσαις ἐπὶ τ[ρὶς τόσονδε,
ὠς τρύφ]αν ἄσαιο· τὸ γὰρ [νόημμα
τὦ]μον οὐκ οὔτω μ[άλακως πέρα πρὸς
xxσοὶ] διάκηται

[ἀλλὰ] μηδ’ [ἄρ]ασδε [σὺ μηδὲ κρᾶσδε
[ὤστε βάτρα]χις, συνίημ[μι δ’ ἤδη
[ὄσσον εἰς πλήρ]ης κακότατο[ς. ἆρ’ οἶσθ’
xx[ὤς σε κάλημ]μεν; —

[ἴσθι πεδ τύχη]ν ἀτέραις μ’ ἔ[οισαν —]
[ἦ Δίκα ’χάρ]η φρένας εὖ [λέγοισα]
[ὤς φίλα θν]άτοις μακά[ρεσσι πάμπαν]
xx[ἔσσι μαγοίροις]

[ ]α[ ]
. . .


to give

I am not deficient in such matters
or in beautiful and good things: but you demand with words
that are not beautiful, and you grieve me, hurling witless
reproach at me

I wish you would swell to thrice your size,
so that you would have your fill of sweets. My mind
is no longer so softly disposed
towards you.

But do not bark, nor croak
like a frog. I know now
the extent to which you are full of baseness. Do you know
what we call you?

Yes, it happens that I associate with others:
Oh how Dika gladdened her mind, well saying
that you verily are a friend of the mortal, blessed

κ]άλων i the second, [νόημμα och τὦ]μον in the third strophe is by Blass; ἔ]μ’ in the second and μ[άλακως in the third by J. M. Edmonds.


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